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    Report: Kia sold 123 North American Soul EVs in October
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    How happy were those Kia hamsters last month? We're guessing they were pretty pleased, because reports are out that the South Korean automaker sold 123 Kia Soul electric vehicles in North America during the model's first month of sales on the continent. Now crank up that funky music. Kia sold ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla battery drain reported; ELF two-seater solar trike
    KiOR Biofuel Company Bankrupt; Car2go To Hit 1 Million Users; VIA eREV Vans EPA Certified 1415980260

    Biofuel company KiOR has filed for bankruptcy. KiOR, which was born out of a partnership between Khosla Ventures and Dutch biofuel startup BIOeCON, has debts numbering $261.31 million, with just $58.27 million in assets. The company produced biocrude from cellulosic biomass, but was unable to ...

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    Two Wheels: Fido electric scooter is fetching, faithful to simplicity formula
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    Hot diggity dog, Fido is back! The people that brought us that bare bones electric scooter we found so fetching a few years back have resurfaced across the country in Kalamazoo, MI and will start sinking their canines into the business of building bikes, just as soon as they recover from jet ...

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    Official: Green Car Journal issues new Green SUV, Luxury, Technology Awards
    Winners Announced At DC Auto Show In January 1415899740

    For those who thought either green SUV or green luxury vehicles were oxymorons, time to stand corrected. Green Car Journal will announce its green-car award winners at the Washington Auto Show next January and has created award categories for those two sectors as well as a technology award for ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Akka Link And Go 2.0 will be tracking your lifestyle
    Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late 1415890800

    Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: AutoNation CEO calls anti-Tesla laws unnecessary, Common Pence donates subway money
    Volkswagen Highlights Broad Efficiency Plans 1415883660

    Volkswagen has presented a list of near-term technologies to improve fuel economy and decrease emissions. The list includes an addition to a coasting function in its stop-start system, a 10-speed DSG transmission and a more power-dense four-cylinder TDI engine. Volkswagen aims to be the world's ...

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    Bibendum 2014: Odd, old data still being used to counter EVs
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    There's a lot of information on display at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. We've spent time this week trying to sponge it all in but one of the charts caught out eye today. In a session on hydrogen vehicles – about which we'll have more later – a representative from Air Liquide, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Pollution in China kills 670,000 yearly, Australia gets new fast-charging network
    Chevron Fined For Over-Oxygenated Gasoline; Chinese Researchers Make 95.4 Octane Gas From Biomass 1415806020

    CARB has fined Chevron $329,700 for over-oxygenated gasoline. The regulations put the cap for oxygenates at 10 percent, but 4.4 million gallons of Chevron gas from 2010 and 2011 were found to have about 11 percent. While adding oxygenates to gasoline helps reduce carbon monoxide and soot, ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Honda Legend Sport Hybrid launching in Japan; driving cross-country on chicken fat
    GKN Develops Two-Speed eAxle; Why EVs Failed The First Time Around 1415727000

    Honda will begin sales in Japan of the Legend Sport Hybrid SH-AWD in January. The Legend is Japan's answer to the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid sold in the US. Up front, the new flagship sedan uses a 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation and a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with integrated ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: BMW integrates EV charging into streetlights, EV Fleet debuts electric pickup
    RFA Calls Out Retailers On E85 Price Gouging; Stock Expert Predicts A Tesla In Every Garage 1415656500

    BMW has unveiled prototypes of LED streetlights that also serve as EV charging stations. "Light and Charge is a simple and innovative solution to naturally integrate a reliable network of charging stations in the city," says BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer. Connected to the ChargeNow network, they're ...

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    Official: Tesla will 'probably' raise Model S price in Europe
    CFO Deepak Ahuja Says Weak Euro Hurting Profits 1415624460

    The price for the Tesla Model S around Europe started higher than the US price but then went down. On a recent conference call with investors last week, CEO Elon Musk said that the future price will be going up. Probably. The hike is unlikely to be major, and Musk said that it's all part of the ...

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    Two Wheels: Energica strips Ego naked, presents Eva electric streetfighter
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    Meet Eva, the latest electric motorcycle from Energica, freshly revealed at the 100th edition of EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) in Milan. The Italian company has stripped its Ego, turning the bones of its superbike into a naked streetfighter. The result is an ...

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    SEMA: Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S is a blue-sky mod
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    Sitting outside in the sun at the SEMA show this week was the modified Tesla Model S from Unplugged Performance . As we noted a few days ago, this company wants to be known as the "AMG of Tesla" and has made a few changes to the standard S to try and claim the title. You can read about those ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: 2015 Fuel Economy Guide available, how Porsche ships 919 Hybrid
    Terra Motors Brings Electric Scooter To Europe; VW Provides Research e-Golf To Stanford 1415397660

    The EPA and Department of Energy have released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide. Unsurprisingly, the groups say that this year features more fuel efficient and low-emissions vehicles than previous years, and they span a greater variety of vehicle types. The guide also provides "best-in-class" lists, ...

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    This is why Tesla doesn't release monthly sales numbers
    CEO Elon Musk Says, 'Media Tends To Read All Sorts Of Nonsense Into The Deliveries' 1415387700

    While most automakers that sell vehicles in the US release a flurry of numbers at the beginning of every month to tell us how many cars and trucks they've sold, Tesla Motors has resisted following the herd. This can be frustrating for those of us who like to look at some cold, hard numbers, but ...

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    Study: Dealers can and should embrace EV sales
    UC Davis Finds Current Situation 'Troubling' 1415375160

    "Help me help you!" Tom Cruise's title character pleaded repeatedly in the movie Jerry Maguire. That sentiment could be said by appears to be echoed by a UC Davis study that looks at why many car dealers are loathe to sell plug-in vehicles and how they can be, uh, helped. Most – but not ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Chevy Volt's new, improved powertrain; Inabikari wants to build Tesla Model X fighter
    Interview With Hyundai Hydrogen Boss; New Emissions Rules Will Mean Design Changes 1415314740

    We knew the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's new powertrain would provide more range, but we didn't know how much. According to GM's Executive Director Larry Nitz, it is about 12 percent more, overall. "I can't think of a powertrain we've re-engineered more extensively within a five-year period than this ...

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    Tesla Model X delayed thanks to Model S production lessons
    CEO Elon Musk Names Falcon Wing Doors As One Potential Issue 1415306700

    Besides the third-quarter sales figures for the Model S this year, the big news from the Tesla investor earnings call yesterday was another delay of the Model X electric SUV. CEO Elon Musk made it clear in his letter to investors that he did not want to "bring a product to market that does not ...

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    Video: Latest Lit Motors C-1 prototype gets put through its paces
    Auto-balancing Two-wheeler Production Delayed, But Development Progresses 1415302140

    We're going to go out on a cynical limb here and say that the C-1 self-balancing, enclosed motorcycle from Lit Motors won't see production in 2014, something a company representative stated would happen as recently as March of this year. Heck, 2015 seems a stretch at this point. Despite the ...

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    Official: Auction for first US VW e-Golf raises $41,400 for Global Green charity
    EV Enthusiast Spends Big To Be First 1415288100

    Would having Jay Leno on hand have changed the outcome? That's what executives at Volkswagen might be asking after the German automaker auctioned off the company's first electric car in the US for around $6,000 over MSRP. VW auctioned off the first Volkswagen e-Golf in the US to raise money for ...

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